Gideon’s Army: Tattoos In Law

Gideon's Army tattoos

By Marisa Kakoulas When my tattoo world and legal world collide, in some very powerful ways, I want to share it with you. I attended NYU Law School's screening of Gideon's Army, a film that takes a tough look at the American criminal justice system through the lives of three young public defenders

ARTIST PROFILE: KIRIAKOS, SAKE TATTOO CREW

By Marisa Kakoulas www.needlesandsins.com In Athens, Greece, the Sake Tattoo Crew is an incubator for top tattoo talent -- not just respected in the country, but worldwide. One artist from this collective is Kiriakos Balaskas. Tattooing for 8 years after a tough apprenticeship with Sake, Kiriakos developed a style combining abstract expressionism watercolors and graphic

TATTOOS AT TRIAL

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com   A Kansas man who is charged with murder asked the court to either remove or cover up his large neck/throat tattoo -- a tattoo of the word MURDER in mirror image (it's art just for him!) in big shaky block letters. Ok, I'll let that sink in

TATTOO NEWS REVIEW

By Marisa Kakoulas   Tattoos above by Andreas "Curly" Moore. Tons of tattoo news hit the headlines while we were out on vacation, so I figured I'd give y'all a run-down of some of the ones I found most interesting: First off, I had to giggle over how the fantastic Andreas "Curly" Moore offered

CLAYTON PATTERSON LEAVES NYC

By Marisa Kakoulas www.needlesandsins.com   The discussion of NYC's gentrification is nothing new, but it still stings every time I learn of another institution of art, music & grit close its door to make way for mega-store or "luxury" anything. One living institution, who has had a profound effect on NYC's tattoo scene,

TATTOO HISTORY MYTHS EXPOSED

tattoo history

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com Last week, Gizmodo, which is primarily a tech blog, attempted to condense tattoo history, from mummies to Miami Ink, in their blog post "How the Art of Tattoo Has Colored World History." In what seemed to be research primarily conducted on Wikipedia, the author ended up perpetuating

NEVER READ (OR POST) THE COMMENTS

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com The meteoric media attention to tattooing is making a lot of people, a lot of money. And many of those people don't have a single tattoo. When tattoo polls make claims like "one in five U.S. adults has at least one tattoo," that's a significant market to be

NYC Tattoo Convention March 7-9

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com As we first posted back in October, the original the NYC Tattoo Convention will be taking place March 7-9, 2014 at the the historic Roseland Ballroom -- before this legendary venue closes in April (hence, why the show won't be taking place as it usually does in May). And as always, we're stoked for the

Stick And Poke Tattoo Kits

Marisa Kakoulas www.needlesandsins.com Hand-poked tattoos are experiencing a Renaissance, with stellar professional tattooers reviving the ancient methods of body adornment. Employing techniques passed down from generations, much of hand tattooing comes with strict tradition and sacred rituals. The question is should it come in a box? When SF tattooist Shannon Archuleta sent me the link to

My Chat With Greece’s Heartbeat Ink

By Marisa Kakoulas Having a Greek father who once told me that tattoos would never be accepted in the motherland, it's with true pleasure (and a bit of "I told ya so") to see a tattoo publication rise to international popularity, which happens to come out of Greece. HEARTBEATINK is an online tattoo

Color Tattoos Saved In France

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com Photo by Edgar Hoill. As a happy update to our post on the French Health Ministry's attempted ban of most colored inks, the association of professional tattooers in France, Tatouage & Partage, received a letter from health officials stating that the proposed ban was "malentendu" -- a misunderstanding. You can find a

Swallows & Daggers: 15 Tattooers to watch

I was asked to contribute my list of 5 tattooers to watch NOW for an article Swallows & Daggers.  They asked 7 of us to contribute check out the article below! - Nicki Reblogged from: www.swallowsndaggers.com This year has been a great one for tattooing. Lots of new artists have come on our

TATTOOED WOMEN IN THE GUARDIAN

By Marisa KakoulasSource: www.needlesandsins.comhttp://vimeo.com/55626548In The Guardian today is feature called "Painted Ladies: Why women get tattoos." Normally, I find these types of articles banal, or even cringe worthy, for perpetuating cliches or not offering a broad spectrum of experience from our community. And so I was happily surprised to find many different voices of tattooed

ANTENNAE OF INSPIRATION: THE INSECT ART PROJECT

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com A beautifully curated and styled collection of entomology-based artwork from around the world, Antennae of Inspiration: The Insect Art Project is yet another wonderful accomplishment of Jinxi Boo Caddel and her Out of Step Books. The cover artwork alone, by Jeff Gogue, is a perfect example of the stunning works on the

MONSTER TATTOO BOOK SALE

By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com In an effort to save y'all from being stun-gunned at the mall, I've jumped in on"CyberMonday" and have put some of the books I've birthed on sale: From today through December 23 (or until they run out because I don't have many left), my new Black Tattoo Art 2 will be on